Blue Jays Add Berrios, Subtract Martin/SWR

There are no sure things in life. That applies equally to blind dates, bank loans, and baseball prospects. Sorry I haven’t been posting much of late, regular readers. I’ve been watching minor league games, talking to my usual contacts, and tweeting a whole lot, but some writing projects have taken up most of my time … Continue reading Blue Jays Add Berrios, Subtract Martin/SWR

State of the Farm Update

    As we reach (roughly) the mid-point in the minor league season, it was time to catch up with Blue Jays Assistant Director of Player Development Joe Sclafani about the latest developments in the farm system.   The Blue Jays have to be pleased with the progress of their minor league system this year.  Vladimir Guerrero Jr … Continue reading State of the Farm Update

Gabriel Moreno: Catcher of the Future?

Toronto Observer photo It was a moment that still stands out some twenty seven months later… I had just settled in at the Phillies minor league complex in Clearwater for a spring training game between the Toronto and Philadelphia minor leaguers (the Blue Jays complex was undergoing a major overhaul, and was closed to the … Continue reading Gabriel Moreno: Catcher of the Future?

GCL, AZL, DSL Seasons Soon Underway

Manuel Beltre Getty Images Very shortly, we’ll be getting our first glimpse - from a distance - of the Blue Jays 2019 and 2020 IFA classes in action. The Gulf Coast League (along with the Arizona League), the only surviving stateside level of rookie ball under the MLB reconstruction of the minors, begins play a … Continue reading GCL, AZL, DSL Seasons Soon Underway

Kevin Smith Rises Once Again

Write Kevin Smith off as a prospect at your peril. As a 4th round pick in 2017, Smith had the glove-first label applied. Baseball America’s evaluation was pretty much the industry’s consensus: Coming out of high school, Smith was small and skinny. Scouts liked his glove actions and arm strength, but he needed to … Continue reading Kevin Smith Rises Once Again

Logue Lights up Red Wings in First AAA Start LHP Zach Logue, as under-the-radar guy as there is in the Blue Jays system, was dominant in his first AAA start (he had one relief appearance for Buffalo in 2019) as the Bisons shut out Rochester 5-0. Logue tossed seven innings of one hit shutout ball before turning things over to the bullpen. The … Continue reading Logue Lights up Red Wings in First AAA Start

Down on the Farm: 6/5 AA New Hampshire 8 Binghamton 3 The Fisher Cats used the long ball and a 5-run 8th inning to snap a five-game losing streak last night. Samad Taylor hit a pair of homers for New Hampshire, including a three-run opposite field shot to the short right field porch in that 8th inning explosion to … Continue reading Down on the Farm: 6/5